|Date||26 August 2019|
|Result||L 1 - 2|
26 August 2019
Glebe 2 Dwyer 8, Long 85
Erith and Belvedere 1 Ngegba 65
NORMAL SERVICE NEARLY RESUMED FOR DERES
On another sweltering day of the late August heatwave, the Deres lost out to a late strike just when it seemed normal service was to be resumed with a sixth 1-1 draw in eight games.
Both sides had had difficult trips on the Saturday, Deres losing 5-1 at Chertsey in the FA Cup and Glebe 3-1 at Sheppey in the league, and the conditions were brutal again, with spectators searching out the shade. Glebe, who were promoted to the SCEFL top flight the season Deres were relegated from it, and thus the teams were meeting for the first time ever.
And it was Glebe who drew first blood with a strike from Anthony Dwyer on eight minutes after a piercing move through Deres’ defence. Deres made a couple of half chances, the best when Arthur Feudjiro’s drive was parried by ex-VCD goalkeeper Nick Blue and held at the second attempt. Another chance went begging when Eric De Melo didn’t get enough welly behind a shot.
But as the half drew to a close Glebe wasted several chances to increase the lead. Tom Hever’s header went over the bar, Joe Bingham shot well over from ten yards out, and Chris Edwards sent a header over the bar from close range.
In the opening minutes of the second half De Melo fed Thomas Ngegba, the former Sittingbourne player making his first start after a sub appearance on Saturday, only for Blue to hold Ngegba’s shot at the second attempt. Ngegba wouldn’t be denied though, and on 58 minutes he rose to meet Tony Hill’s free-kick from the right with a simple header into the far corner.
As the heatwave slowed the game down it looked like Deres would claim a point, until a good move down the left found former Ebbsfleet and Stevenage star Stacy Long in a position to drill the ball home and give Glebe an 87th minute winner.
With two defeats in furnace-like heat in just over 48 hours, the Deres will be looking forward to more normal temperatures as the FA Vase campaign begins this weekend.
GLEBE: Blue; Parsons, Long, Edwards, Fitzgerald, Hever, Ojeman, Bingham, Darko, Craske, Dwyer. Subs: Fray, Foley.
DERES: Mitchell; Hill, Dobson, De Melo (Adeniran 60), Yembra, J Wade, Feudjiro, Quan, Pope-Campbell, Ngegba, Kalonda (R Wade 51). Subs: Isichei, Jones.